Perhaps it makes more sense if I tell you that the woman in question was the Bond producer Barbara Broccoli, one of the most powerful people in Hollywood and more than ten years my senior. And if this generosity wasn't tricky enough - for instance, what exactly does a man do with such a valuable work of art?
Just because I said I liked it. The cook and his lover: James says ex-partner Barbara Broccoli, below, lavished gifts on him but in the end it turned him away. I was a bit of a late starter when it came to women. Women were a distraction I didn't have time for. I was born in Yorkshire in and grew up around food.
Those early days were tough. I worked for Antony Worrall Thompson for a tiny wage but at least that was better than the big fat zero I got from my next boss, Marco Pierre White. When I was seven, I had boasted to my grandfather that I wanted to be a head chef by the age of 30, have my own restaurant at 35 and own a Ferrari when I was I never imagined I would achieve those ambitions by the time I was For reasons I've never understood, my life has been full of headstrong women who, no doubt bored with waiting for me to notice them, have made the first move.
Which is probably just as well: most of them were so obviously out of my league I wouldn't have given myself a chance. Meeting Barbara, daughter of the first Bond producer, 'Cubby' Broccoli, was unusual to say the least. Perhaps it was my trademark dessert dish of spun sugar that swung it. Six weeks later I turned up at Barbara's to make the meal for her and five friends. The evening was hilarious - and we just clicked. I didn't know she was co-producer of the current James Bond films with her half-brother Michael G.
I just thought she was an amazing woman. The following day I told my then personal assistant Erica about the evening. She decided to play Cupid, calling Barbara's PA. It transpired that Barbara's PA was trying to organise a surprise for her birthday, so I offered to cook. Thus began my longest relationship, the most surreal, exciting and unforgettable four-and-a-half years of my life.
Barbara was incredibly easy to be around. My phrase for her was 'Being with you is as easy as breathing' and it was true. She's generous to a fault. She'd never ask for anything but would give everything to make you happy. Unlike many in her business, Barbara is not pretentious or ostentatious - she drives a Volvo, for crying out loud - and when it was just the two of us she was the best company you could ask for. The age difference never appeared to be a problem. I've always liked independent women: we both had strong opinions and plenty to say for ourselves, so life was never boring.
I've always been mature. I grew up quickly, cooking in Michelin-starred restaurants in France during my teenage years. She wasn't just in the megaleague, she was at the very top of it. Premiere league: James and Barbara, right, arrive at a London Film festival gala. We had been together for three months or so when she invited me to join her in Los Angeles. Her house was massive - the lounge alone was twice the size of my home.
One day, while Barbara was out, I answered the door to a man dressed in a black suit holding a silver plate with an envelope. Inside was a set of car keys with a prancing horse on the fob and a note from Barbara which read: 'Enjoy Beverly Hills, I'll see you later, love B. On the drive was a silver Ferrari Spyder, exactly the same as the black I once owned but with a soft top which, let's face it, you've got to have in Beverly Hills. A few days earlier I had been in my little house in England - now I was driving along Rodeo Drive in a silver Ferrari with cream leather interior - the odour of Ferrari leather is unique, it's like they genetically engineer it to smell of money.
There were always surprises with Barbara. One year I went to the Baftas in London with her. As we waited for the show to start, Halle Berry, who was then the new Bond girl, sat next to me. Well hello, James She turned to Barbara, seated in the row behind me, and said: 'Hi, B, how ya doin'? While I was trying to get my head around that, Nicole Kidman sat in front of me. She too turned around.
As the lights went down and the show started I tried subtly to send text messages to my mum: Halle Berry and Nicole Kidman just asked how I was doing. Barbara leaned forward. I was used to meeting famous people, yet still I was star-struck. I felt like a small fish in a very big pond. I was out of my depth, a spare part.
Cars, however, are a great leveller. That's why I got on with Daniel Craig. We sat opposite each other at dinner in a private room at Nobu in Park Lane one night, chatting about motors. This was the Aston Martin Daniel would drive in Casino Royale, but at this stage the car had not even been built - it was just a clay model. It was a pitch by the company, looking for Barbara's approval. Barbara wasn't much interested in cars so she wanted me to look over it.
A cover was pulled off to reveal a full-size clay model spray-painted to look exactly as the finished car would. It was all top secret. The detail was incredible. They had mock-ups of the interior and the Bond gadgets that were going to go on it - the defibrillator, the champagne holder in the back. Then they started arguing over the colour. One of the guys from Aston Martin said it should be graphite, a gunmetal grey. Barbara asked: 'What colour do you think it should be, James?
Everyone knows that Bond's Aston Martin has got to be silver. The graphite was too grey; it needed to be lighter. On the other hand you don't want a silver that's too light otherwise it will just look rubbish. We went through the colour chart and found the perfect silver. As if that wasn't enough for one day, Aston Martin boss Ulrich Betz asked Daniel and me if we were ready for a test drive. Barbara was laughing.
Daniel and I looked like a couple of eight-year-olds who had just been told they could have any toy in the shop. Daniel took the DB5 and I drove the DB9 Sport, blatting it around the test track accompanied by drivers telling us to go 'faster' and really 'push it', which we happily did. At the time, newspapers were opposed to Daniel being the new Bond and ran ridiculous stories about him, including one that he couldn't drive.
As well as being a brilliant actor, I can tell you he's pretty handy behind the wheel. In the four-and-a-half years Barbara and I were together there were many strange Bond- related moments. I watched the ice hotel in Die Another Day melt in front of me. I accidentally knocked the first script for Casino Royale off the counter in Barbara's kitchen and only noticed when Fudge, my clumber spaniel, had reshuffled the pages like a pack of cards.
Ask any of my friends and they'll tell you that I'm the hardest-working person they know. Ask me and I'll tell you that the hardest-working person I know, and the most generous, is Barbara. If there's anyone who thinks Barbara got where she is because her dad was a legendary film producer, they are mistaken.
She took over the Bond films with her half-brother in and has shown herself willing to take risks - and they usually pay off. Bringing Pierce Brosnan in turned things around for the Bond franchise; hiring Daniel was also an inspired choice. I remember the sleepless nights spent over the script for Casino Royale - the idea of taking it all back to the beginning was a huge gamble.
But Barbara had the guts to do it and to hire Daniel when everyone was against it. She showed me old letters from some film executives who wanted Eddie Murphy to be Bond. Can you imagine? Barbara loves what she does and she adores her children - her daughter Angelica and Michael, who she's guardian to. She's a very giving person, and when you've got almost limitless resources that can mean you're giving a hell of a lot.
The first year we were together, Barbara gave me a Picasso for my birthday. We had gone to an exhibition of the artist's work at a London gallery on our first date and there was one drawing I couldn't stop looking at. About six months later, Barbara organised a party for my birthday in Chelsea. She had secretly invited 40 of my friends along and they all showed up with little presents.
Then Barbara said: 'I didn't really want to do this here in front of everyone, but, well, here you are. Happy birthday. And with that she handed me this bulky rectangular present. It was the Picasso. An absolutely beautiful thing from his last exhibition. Barbara always said smart money buys art and that Madonna, who had just recorded the theme song for Die Another Day, had lots of Picassos in her house. Fair enough - only I wasn't Madonna. I was a TV chef. I was recording three episodes of Ready Steady Cook the next day.
I arrived at the studio in South London with this painting in a brown paper bag in the boot of my Audi because I wouldn't let it out of my sight. I locked it in my dressing room for six hours while I recorded the shows. I rang Richard, my man at Coutts, and asked if he could help me out with a valuable work of art. He told me to meet him at their branch on the Strand because it had a massive vault. After finishing Ready Steady Cook, I drove into Central London and walked down the Strand with a Picasso under my arm in the brown paper bag, praying nobody mugged me.
Richard met me at the door, along with a security guard, and led me to the vault. As Richard was filling in all the paperwork he asked me for the value of the piece, to which I replied: 'I don't know. He gave me a funny look, so I explained that it was a present.
Then he asked what the painting was. I told him it was a Picasso. I assured him that this person did and that it was most definitely the genuine article. I had to tell Barbara to stop buying me Picassos after the third one because I couldn't afford the insurance on them. The couple started dating in and have been together for around 9 years, 2 months, and 25 days. They began dating sometime in The most compatible signs with Aquarius are considered to be Aries, Gemini, Libra, and Sagittarius, while the least compatible signs with Aquarius are generally considered to be Taurus and Scorpio.
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And James said,. The age gap didn't help matters in public. When we went to functions I felt uncomfortable when people looked at me, this nobody, and probably thought, 'He's with her for the money. But I never wanted anything from Barbara. Maybe it's male pride but there were certain places I refused to go unless I paid. Although James hated being apart with Barbara, he would not leave his work because he did not want to add any more fuel to the rumors of him being with her just for her money.
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